Clark faces big matchup against St. Pat's

Earl Clark has been tearing up the Union County Tournament, scoring points in impressive fashion during the tourney's first two rounds. Tonight, the 6-9 Louisville signee will lead Rahway against top-seeded St. Patrick's in semifinal action.

6-9 Louisville signee Earl Clark will lead Rahway against top-seeded St. Patrick's tonight in the semifinals of the Union County Tournament.

Clark scored 27 points Saturday in the quarterfinals to lead fourth-seeded Rahway past fifth-seed Scotch Plains in a 70-66 game that went to overtime. Clark has scored 58 points in the first two Union County Tournament games. He had 31 points and 13 rebounds in an opening round 69-41 victory over Rosselle.

The versatile Clark also scored 25 points in a 61-54 win over Hillside. That win helped secure Rahway the championship in the Upper Division of the Mountain Valley Conference earlier this month. The winner of tonight's semifinal will face either Linden or Plainfield for the Union County Tournament championship.

Clark has been selected to play in the 2006 Roundball Classic in Chicago next month.

Smith continues to pour it in

6-3 Louisville signee Jerry Smith continues to put up big scoring numbers for Wauwatosa East. Smith, a frontrunner for Mr. Basketball honors in Wisconsin, is averaging 24.8 points per game, the second-highest average in the Greater Milwaukee area.

Smith has led ‘Tosa East to a No. 5 state ranking and 18-1 record this season. He scored 30 points in Wauwatosa East's 81-48 victory over Menomonee Falls last weekend despite sitting out nearly 11 minutes of the game.

In two other recent outings, Smith scored 18 points in an 80-47 win over Sussex Hamilton last week, and poured in 27 points in an 82-45 win over West Allis Hale.

Recruiting news: While Louisville has recently tried to crash the party for 6-9 Lance Thomas, Duke appears the current frontrunner. The athletic Thomas is scheduled to visit Duke early next month when the Blue Devils play host to rival North Carolina. Also, teammate Corey Stokes, one of Louisville's top junior recruiting targets, will visit Big East rival UConn in March.


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